Describer escorted visits

Describer escorted visits

A room describer and some visitors walk up The King's Staircase

An escorted description service is available to take blind or partially sighted visitors around Hampton Court Palace.


Available dates

Join one of our expert room describer volunteers to find out which bits of the building can be touched and to get a sense of the scale of the rooms.

There is no additional charge - this is included in normal admission tickets. It is available on any day that suits you, between 10.30 and 16.00 (ideally for two hours at a time so that everyone can have a rest and get some refreshment).

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and must be booked in advance to ensure availability. Please give us plenty of notice, especially if you plan to bring a group of blind/partially sighted visitors.

It would also be helpful if you could let us know which areas of the palace you particularly want to visit so that we can plan accordingly.

How to book

To book a volunteer describer escort please telephone+44 (0)20 3166 6000 or email stating the date you wish to visit and the time that you would like to meet the escort.

Please also leave contact details so that we may contact you to confirm your place and to make appropriate arrangements for meeting your escort.

Additional information

Visitors who only want an escort for a short time will still find plenty to do at Hampton Court Palace.  Our audio tours are available in versions for partially sighted visitors - please speak to the staff at the distribution desk in the Information Centre if you wish to use them. Braille and large print versions of the text in 'Young Henry VIII's Story' are in the Young Henry VIII exhibition. And there are many things to touch and smell in the Tudor Kitchens.

Our costumed interpreters may also willing to let visitors feel their costumes when they are wandering around the courtyards - but be careful to ask permission first, especially of King Henry VIII!

Discover more about access at Hampton Court Palace.

Further information about volunteering opportunities >

Downloadable Resources

Some files are provided in PDF format - you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.

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    HCP Access Guide
    (Adobe PDF, 6040KB)

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